Man dies after truck crashes down slope

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am

A man died after being freed from the cabin of a crane truck on a slope in Sai Kung in a four-hour rescue operation that ended at 1.30am yesterday.

Law Chin-cheong, 38, lost control of his vehicle on Clear Water Bay Road near the junction with Ha Yeung Road just after 9.30pm on Wednesday.

It crossed the opposite lane and slammed head-on into a taxi before crashing through a concrete barrier and plunging 5 metres down a slope.

Law was trapped in the cabin and the taxi driver, 41, suffered minor injuries.

Fearing the truck would plunge further down the slope, police brought in two cranes to secure it before firemen arrived to rescue Law.

Law was freed and brought back to the road just before 1.30am and taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Police said the driver had more than 10 years' experience with such a heavy vehicle and it was not the first time he had driven on the route.

They said the accident site was not a traffic black spot.

The truck was lifted back to the road and taken to a government vehicle plant in Ho Man Tin, where police will check if the brakes were faulty.

Anyone with information can contact police on 2305 7500 or 2305 7606.